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This Month at TASIS

May 2024

May 2024

From the Spring Arts Festival and TPA Spring Gala to Senior Prom and Graduation, we take a photo-driven look at a very busy month at TASIS.


Oh, the Places You'll Go

On May 3, a group of seniors and High School faculty dressed in university attire to celebrate their future plans (and alma maters).


Out and About

On May 3, Elementary School students spent a wonderful day off campus exploring a number of exciting destinations around Ticino and northern Italy. The students and faculty chaperones visited Isole di Brissago (grade 5), Villa Carlotta in Tremezzina (grade 4), Museo dei fossili in Meride (grade 3), Parco San Grato in Carona (grade 2), the Safari Park in Varallo Pombia (grade 1), Swiss Miniature in Melide (Kindergarten), and Zoo al Maglio in Magliaso (Pre-Kindergarten). See more photos.


Adventure Bound

On May 4–5, six Duke of Edinburgh's International Award candidates successfully completed their official Qualifying Journey in Lucomagno in pursuit of their Bronze Awards. See more photos.


Camping in Paradise

More than 30 High School students spent May 3–5 on an introduction to camping Academic Travel trip to beautiful Cinque Terre. See more photos.


Beat the Bells

Forty-four members of the TASIS community took on the challenging Beat the Bells Run on May 5. The runners departed from campus at 9:15 in the morning with the goal of running to Lake Lugano and back before the bells of Chiesa di Sant'Abbondio rang at 10:00. Learn about this year’s record-setting run.


Scholastic Superstars

The High School celebrated academic excellence at an assembly on May 6. Four members of the Class of 2025 were inducted to the TASIS Cum Laude Society chapter, five students were recognized with Duke of Edinburgh’s International Awards, and many others were celebrated for their consistent effort and high achievement. See more photos.


Demonstrating Their Understanding

International Baccalaureate (IB) students spent much of April and May preparing for their final exams, which they took from April 24–May 17.


Putting Their Knowledge to the Test

Advanced Placement (AP) students took their final assessments on May 6–24 after spending the spring cramming for their exams.


Dissecting Big Questions

On May 8, en route to answering the question “How do animals heal themselves?”, Middle School students in Dr. Brett Merritt’s Grade 6 Science class dissected chicken wings to learn more about animal anatomy. See more photos.


Athletes of the Year

Athletic Director Masa Yo hosted the annual Spring Athletic Awards Assembly on the afternoon of May 10. Learn about all the award recipients, including the Male and Female Athlete of the Year, and see photos and recaps from recent tournaments.


Budding Podcasters

Mr. Jacob Rose and Ms. Laura Hand’s 4th-grade students wrote persuasive “This I Believe” essays. With the help of Ms. Melissa Fogal, they turned them into podcasts that they then shared with their parents and teachers on May 10. See more photos.


Sailing the Open Sea

Two groups of High School students and faculty chaperones spent May 9–12 on adventurous Academic Travel trips. A group of intermediate and advanced mountain bikers put their skills to the test in Lumino while the other group learned the basics of sailing in gorgeous Porto Cervo, Sardinia. See more photos.


Reaching New Heights

On Saturdays this spring, the Middle School Rock Climbing Club met to tackle the indoor climbing wall at Evolution Climbing Center. See more photos.


Celebrating the Arts

The 2024 Spring Arts Festival kicked off with an exciting Opening Assembly in the Palestra on May 13. Watch the assembly and see more photos.


Tremendous Theatrics

Students in Mr. Matthew Frazier-Smith’s Middle School drama classes wrote three original plays—A Midwinter Night's Dream: The Musical!, DaMarcus DaRobot, and Masked Mischief—and performed them for friends and family in the Palmer Center on May 13. Watch the plays and see more photos.


Masterful Maestros

Students in Ms. Melody Tibbits Zanecchia’s 5th-grade music classes participated in an Introduction to Conducting Workshop led by Maestro Andrea Cupia on May 14. The students conducted members of the Opera ViVa Orchestra through famous works by Aaron Copland, Maurice Ravel, and George Gershwin. See more photos.


Grand Pianists

On May 14, five of the most accomplished High School pianists from the studio of Ms. Angela Perini beautifully performed classic works from Schubert, Debussy, Moszkowski, Aalampour, Chopin, and Liszt in the Palmer Cultural Center. Watch the recital.


Talents on Display

Featuring a wide variety of artworks produced by students in all three TASIS divisions, the Visual Art Exhibition was on display in the Palmer Cultural Center on May 16–19. See a 3D rendering of the gallery.


Students Become Teachers

Grade 1 students prepared an interactive museum with information about ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt. On May 16, they shared their knowledge with Kindergarten students. See more photos.


TPA Spring Gala a Massive Success

The TPA Spring Gala on May 18 was an evening for the ages! We are extremely grateful to TPA President Jennifer Zanarini, TPA Vice President Prune Clerici, the entire TPA Gala Committee, all of our generous sponsors and donors, our incredible student performers, and the many, many parent volunteers and TASIS employees who worked tirelessly to make the TPA Spring Gala an unforgettable evening that raised more than 4 million francs in support of Collina Alta, the next phase of the TASIS Global Village Building Campaign! Learn more.


Big Dreams

The 2024 Spring Arts Festival concluded on May 19 with more than 200 students from all three TASIS divisions taking the stage at the RSI Studio in Lugano for Dream, a spectacular performing arts showcase. Watch the performance and see more photos.


The Phoenix Rises

On May 23, High School students in Ms. Tamara Schumacher’s EAL class discussed symbolism in Ray Bradbury’s dystopian novel, Fahrenheit 451.


Senior Prom

Seniors enjoyed an elegant evening at beautiful Castello di Morcote on May 23. See more photos.


Years to Remember

Students from the Class of 2024 gathered in the Palestra on the evening of May 24 to enjoy a delicious dinner and reflect on their time at TASIS. Their families and members of the faculty joined them for an elegant evening that included three senior speeches and many student musical performances. Learn more


Junior Awards Announced at High School Farewell Assembly

Each spring the High School Faculty selects three students in grade 11 who have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to service and recognizes them with the prestigious Junior Awards, which are announced at the annual High School Farewell Assembly. Learn about this year’s recipients, and see the excellent year-end slideshow that was also shown at this assembly on the afternoon of May 29.